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UPDATED June 6, 2014

Academy of Language Arts

JAPANESE FOR COMMUNICATION!!

Founded in 1984, Academy of Language Arts (ALA) is located in the heart of Tokyo and renowned for its history. Enhancing learners' conversation skills has been our main educational objective since our foundation. In our general conversation course, learners study in a relaxed multinational environment. ALA is a highly reputable language institute that specializes in business Japanese training, develops and conducts the TCCB (Business Communication Measurement Test). We offer a multitude of programs to meet your goals. Hone your business Japanese skills with our private and company lessons. Whatever your language goals may be, ALA will help you reach them!


Short-term conversation course (Intensive / part-time)
Student visa acquirable course (Intensive / 6 months ~)
Private lessons/In-company lessons (General / Business)
Business Communication Measurement Test (TCCB)
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ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

Conveniently located near major stations

Since it was established in 1986, multinational students from more than 50 countries have studied at ARC Academy. Our well-trained and motivated teachers help students master communication skills as naturally as possible through realistic intercultural communication. The lessons include not only the language but also how and in what manner the sentences are used in different situations. Our schools in Shibuya, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Osaka and Kyoto are all conveniently located close to major train and subway stations and offer various courses according to students' needs. Our friendly English-speaking staff will be happy to assist you in finding the right course.


• Summer Program with varied activities
• Intensive Course from 4 days to 3 months or longer
• Business Japanese Class in Shibuya
• Private Lesson at our schools/in your office
• Customized training programs for corporate clients

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SHINJUKU JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

Approved by the Ministry of Education

With 39 years of experience, Shinjuku Japanese Language Institute provides you with a unique and original learning method. By using differently shaped and colored cards, which represent different parts of speech, students will be able to speak with confidence, construct complex sentences and understand both formal and informal conversations. Since last year, our students also started to use our new digital content, allowing them to check the texts online before and after the class, and use our offline vocabulary and grammar apps for smart-devices. Our student body is diverse and represents more than 38 countries. So why not come and join us!


• Weekday intensive Japanese language course
• Business, tourism and Japanese teacher training courses
• Evening, Sunday and private courses
• JLPT, EJU and university preparation courses
• A number of cultural activities throughout the year

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Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin
JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE (JLI)

School for practical and business Japanese

Founded in 1967 by the nonprofit International Education Center, JLI has attracted more than 7,000 students from over 90 countries. The features of JLI are: 1) stressing Japanese conversation skills with practical application for business and daily situations; 2) utilizing user-friendly original textbooks written in both Japanese and English (Basic to Pre-intermediate); 3) learning Japanese via TV news and dailies, honing writing and presentation skills (Intermediate to Advanced); 4) targeting business-people, families of expats, spouses of Japanese, other adult learners; 5) diverse student body. JLI is conveniently located in the center of Tokyo, a three-minute walk from Yotsuya Station.

• Regular Program (Daytime Intensive): Mon. through Fri., 9:00 - 12:20
• Early Morning Course: One or two days a week, 60 min. per lesson
• Afternoon Course: One or two days a week, 90 to 120min. per lesson
• Evening Courses: One or two days a week, 90 to 120 min. per lesson
• Saturday Course: 120 - 180 min. per lesson

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Evergreen Language School

Founded in 1949

So far, Evergreen has accepted students from 70 countries and most of the graduates have gone to college and universities for further study. Some have gone into business and have been successfully working for Japanese and foreign affiliated companies. Others have been contributing to their countries working for their government or established their own companies after returning to their homeland. April course student visa registration open!! Apply now for the April Course.


• One-Month Internsive
• PRIVATE & COMPANY
• PREP FOR JLPT(N1,2,3)
• Business / Daily Japanese
• Home / Company Lessons

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KAI Japanese Language School

KAI makes you improve real communication

Founded in 1987, KAI Japanese Language School is a reputable Japanese language school in Tokyo certified by the IALC (International Association of Language Centres). Since our foundation, we've attracted students from about 40 countries all the time, who use Japanese as the common language of communication both in and out of the classroom. At KAI, students live Japanese! Our three main programs cover most comers. First, the General Course, targeted at students aiming to master Japanese. The Practical Conversation Course is a conversation program on a shorter-term basis. The Business Japanese Course is perfect if you're serious to work in Japan.


General Course to improve Japanese with balance.
Business Japanese Course 200 if you're serious to work in Japan.
Practical Conversation Course to focus conversation.
Summer courses for conversation and JLPT.
Student visa applications are being accepted.

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Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

Let's study "real-life" Japanese with friends from 40 different countries!

Established in 1988, Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ) has been engaged in "cross-cultural communication" through Japanese-language education. Students will get to study in the same building as Japanese students who are studying to become Japanese teachers. It's a great environment for those learning Japanese! We are conveniently located only one minute from Shinjuku Station. You can choose from several courses and curricula are designed to match a variety of needs. Get in touch to arrange a trial lesson and take a test to check your level — both are absolutely free!


Summer Intensive course (August 4th- 15th) --- Register by July 19!


- Daily Course / Mon.-Fri. Morning or Afternoon
- Business Japanese Course / Tue. & Thu. Evening
- JLPT Special Prep Course / Sat. Afternoon
- Private Lesson

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Comments from schools: What kind of support do they provide students who want to advance their education or careers in Japan?

Academy of Language Arts

Academy of Language Arts

ALA established its own curriculum and has earned high praise for focusing on the Japanese communication skills that can be used practically and beneficially in the social world.
This has resulted in our producing many graduates who found jobs and attended higher education institutes in Japan.
In addition, we have conducted several training sessions for new foreign recruits, which were offered directly by Japanese companies.
This know-how and experience are used to perfect our intensive course. The curriculum includes Japanese usages required in business.
Furthermore, teachers have strong relationships with their students and are able to offer sound advice regarding their future careers with our guidance counselors.

Wachio Ohinata
Principal

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin

Nichibei Kaiwa Gakuin

Most JLI students already have bachelors or higher degrees. Some of them are seeking jobs in Japan after achieving a certain level of Japanese proficiency. Below are some tips for finding decent employment in Japan. First, attain a working knowledge of business Japanese (i.e., N1 or N2 on the JLPT) and have a basic familiarity with Japanese business manners. Then, contact various foreign chambers of commerce in Japan, enlist the help of headhunting agencies and check the job opportunities section of your target companies' homepages. And most important of all, be ambitious, aggressive, patient, tenacious and resourceful. Searching for employment is a full-time job in its own right and requires full engagement.

Takashi Oi, Ph.D.
President

Evergreen Language School

Evergreen Language School

Exchange students who are studying Japanese not only plan to attend a Japanese college or vocational school but the number of students who wish to find employment in a Japanese company is increasing in Japan. I'm delighted to hear this and of course in this case Japanese language skills are required. I believe it's necessary for students to understand Japanese culture, customs and way of thinking. For this reason, I believe that by using Japanese in a real Japanese environment, experiencing working at a part-time job in Japan, and experiencing Japanese culture will be quite beneficial to students. Many gradutes have their own businesses or have found jobs in Japan.

Sachiko Naito
Principal

SHINJUKU JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

SHINJUKU JAPANESE LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

Japanese employers are increasingly looking for people who have language skills and a breadth of international experience. The acquisition of Japanese language enhances your employability and is a key to a successful career in today’s global job market. At our school, you will learn not only honorific expressions but also Japanese business culture and etiquette. Taking our business Japanese course is the perfect way to develop effective communication skills essential for business professionals.

Takahide Ezoe
Principal

KAI Japanese Language School

KAI Japanese Language School

For those who want to go on to higher education such as a vocational school, university or graduate school, we offer a service called “ASK.” Our students can consult with a designated teacher and obtain useful information about which schools to apply to, what and how to study, etc. We also provide "Business Japanese Course 200" for those who seriously want to get a job in Japan or at a Japanese-affiliated company abroad. Our students are encouraged to register with employment agencies that we’ve teamed up with and where many of our students have successfully found work!

Hiroko Yamamoto
Director

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

ARC ACADEMY Japanese Language School

Following the trend of Japanese companies hiring foreign staff, ARC Academy set up an Employment Support Section and acquired a business license from the ministry of health, labor and welfare. We offer career counseling for students and provide a wide range of job information through cooperation with recruiting agencies. We also conduct job-hunting seminars in collaboration with a training company. For those who wish to go on to higher education, ARC Academy offers special preparation classes. Whether your goal is to continue studying or finding a job, we hope you will improve your Japanese skills and make good career choices.

Katsuhiro Ohigata
Employment Support Section

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

Tokyo Central Japanese Language School (TCJ)

Individual students have different objectives for studying Japanese and TCJ offer elective classes to suit your needs even in their regular courses. For students who want to move on to higher education, it will be necessary to prepare for the EJU or JLPT. For students who intend to work in Japan, we not only teach the language, but we provide guidance about business etiquette, culture and customs in Japanese companies.
TCJ teachers have a wealth of experiences and work together to provide compassionate care to help students achieve a variety of goals.

Hiroko Abe
Director, Curriculum Coordination